Summary: I've used the a580 for about one year.It works fine with a variety of minolta AF lensesand my sony lenses.The none follow focus with video is no problem,the subjects are far enough away that I use hyperfocal setting. The photo's are sharp and clear.It has a learning curve,it will do many things some Ido not know yet. Before i bought it, I found out it's limits and features .The camera does everything it's advertised to do!
Excerpt: Good for pratically all scenes. Fast shot and excelent for low lights. Flash left to be desired a little bit. Problems: To switch from movie to pictures is a little bit confused and it's not too fast.
Summary: The Sony a580 is an excellent camera that has really been lost in all of the excitement with the new translucent mirror products, particularly the a55 and the new a77. Just surveying the number of reviews, the a77 had four reviews before the product was even released and the a55 with 88! The a580 has seven total reviews and its not only a better camera than the a55, it's a better camera than the a77!
Summary: I've had my 580 for about 3 months now, having captured thousands of images in a variety of lighting and other situations. I shoot mostly macro,landscape and general nature photography. This camera has been endowed with virtually every feature that a professional and most certainly non-professional would need. There are a number of 'auto' modes that are easily employed to 'figure out for you' the proper aperture, shutter speed, flash, etc.
Excerpt: Here's what I wanted in a good new digital camera along with a load of information that I wish I could have found all in one place when I was doing my research. I know my way around cameras, but I am not a professional photographer and I am not receiving compensation for this review! I wanted a large sensor for superior photo quality (and freedom to crop) and I wanted the option of full manual control.
Summary: I have a Sony a300 and upgraded to the a580 recently - for the record, I really like the a300 and am keeping it. The a580 has some great improvements - mirror lock-up is great for those 500mm telephoto shots, depth of field preview is nice, focus check live-view magnification really makes it great for macros. Handling, size and feel is about like the a300, which was just right.
Summary: Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 16.2 MP Digital SLR Camera & 18-55mm Lens with 16GB Card + Battery + Case + UV Filter + Cleaning & Accessory KitI have been a serious armature photographer for decades, using SLR and Kodachrome almost all the time with good results, so as I started to upgrade my digital cameras to an SLR type. I spent considerable time to find the right combination of light sensitivity, features, weight, camera feel and price.
Excerpt: I have been through quite a few cameras with my most recent being the fabulous Sony A550, which was a great camera. I was able to do basically anything I want to with this camera and it just kept performing. My only reason for upgrading to the A580 was because it has Full HD Movie capabilities. I was not expecting much more of a difference other than that, but all I can say is WOW!!!